The removal of a hemp seed's hard outer shell yields a creamy yet crunchy center that is known as a hemp heart. Hemp hearts are thus also called shelled hemp seeds. They are rich in protein and also serve as a source of fiber, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Hemp hearts have a light, nutty flavor somewhat similar to sunflower seeds. Consumers may eat hemp hearts on their own or add them to cereals, smoothies, salads, soups and desserts. They are also suitable for baking and stir-frying. It is advisable to store hemp hearts in an airtight container in a refrigerator or freezer to retain their freshness and quality.